Congress Funds Education Much Better Than I Expected


In the wee hours of May 01, 2017, the House Appropriations Committee released a comprehensive budget bill that details federal funding through September 2018.

The budget was not what Donald Trump wanted. Indeed, the results appear to be more in line with a Democratic agenda. However, what that reveals is that the Republican-dominated Congress realizes the need to negotiate– and to not have a government shutdown on its watch.

Full Congress is expected to vote on the proposed budget later this week.

Bill highlights can be found here, including summarized information for each of the 11 departments/divisions.

The five-page summary specific to Labor/Health and Human Services/Education can be read here. Concerning the Department of Education:

Department of Education – The bill funds the Department of Education at $68 billion, which is $1.2 billion below the fiscal year 2016 enacted level and $2.3 billion below the previous Administration’s budget request.

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